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Harsher Penalties for Fisherman Not Following the Rules

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As of this week fishing fines will increase for the first time in 30 years. 

A total of 128 individual offences have been reviewed and have now increased their penalties for recreational and commercial fishers.

Many fines have not been reviewed since the 1980’s and the industry have called for harsher penalties for rogue fishers who break the law.

Previous restrictions such as taking undersize King George Whiting would cost you $50, the new penalties will now see a $625.

Similar penalties for Southern Calamari have also been put in place for exceeding the bag limit which was also cost $50, but new penalties will see fisherman face a $625 fine.

The new fines reflect the Marshall Liberal Governments' promise to take seafood sustainability seriously. 

If you see someone breaking the fishing rules, locals can report the activity to the 24-hour FISHWATCH hotline on 1800 065 522, or on the SA Fishing App.

Further information available HERE








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